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Family run estate Grazebrook Park is making progress

Situated at the heart of the West Midlands, Grazebrook Park industrial park in Dudley is a popular and well established development providing high quality units for trade and industry. The park is owned and managed onsite by family business Hulbert Properties Ltd. The company was established in 1939 by Arthur Knowles in partnership with Bert Hulbert, originally using the land adjacent to Grazebrook Park as a salvage metal yard from which to distribute scrap to foundries throughout the Black Country. When it became available, the company then purchased the Grazebrook site and developed it as an industrial park.


Two generations on, grandson David Knowles, alongside his father Graham, has become a Director of Hulbert Properties Ltd. David worked for several years with the maintenance team for the park but has now has decided to take a more active role with the management of Grazebrook Park. David speaks of his first few months in the office, “When I started in January 2010 the effects of the recession were very evident through a surprisingly high number of vacant units. We have all worked hard to promote the park and attract new tenants through offering incentives. Thankfully we are now edging back up to full occupancy – although a few prime units are still available”.


New tenants


Alwin Ltd has become the latest new company to move onto the well-established Grazebrook Park industrial estate, known for its high quality units and the lowest service charge in the West Midlands. Local waste management company  Alwin  Ltd, has taken 25,615 sq ft of high quality industrial space at the estate’s largest industrial unit in Dudley.  The company has signed a 5 year lease on Block K, a refurbished unit situated in a surprisingly picturesque location alongside the Dudley canal with view up to Netherton castle. With their main operation based at an industrial unit in Cradley Heath, this new unit for Alwin Ltd will enable them to move forward with their expansion programme with regards to the storage and distribution side of the business that has become very successful as an add on service to the very successful Waste management Company which is currently run from their two other sites in the area. Benefitting from lofty crane bays, a large yard space, and excellent site security, the modern refurbished industrial unit will provide Alwin Ltd with greater space and a desirable working environment.


Speaking of the new venture, Stuart Rowlingson, Managing Director of Alwin Ltd said, “Our new premises at Grazebrook Park have provided us with a cost effective space solution, which has helped us along with our expansion programme. We were attracted to the development due to its convenient location, excellent onsite security and the landlord’s friendly family business structure. A happy relationship has formed between the two companies, with Alwin Ltd being a family business itself.”


Looking to the future


The 21-acre industrial park has recently enjoyed a significant refurbishment with enhanced security measures – single access gated security system with rising barrier and remote CCTV monitoring - and extensive re-branding with bold signage. Significantly, the park has recently announced a rare design and build opportunity with up to 83,000 sq ft (7,700 sq m) for new industrial/warehousing units ranging from 15,000 sq ft to 50,000 sq ft.



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